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Barrel-Aged Dark Sour Night!

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Dark Sours are Flowing at CWA!

It’s happening today, November 13th! Join us as we tap two of our Barrel-Aged Dark Sours. This will be the first time we have shared our dark sours with anyone outside our bottle club. So if you love dark sour beer and a funky good time, then this is the perfect day for you to visit California Wild Ales.

Our Double Barrel-Aged Dark Sour is aged for 12 months in a freshly emptied Bourbon Barrel. We then transferred this glorious liquid into a freshly emptied Maple Bourbon Barrel that previously held Modern Times Monster’s Park. We then gave it an additional six months of rest. The various spirit barrels bring a new life to this beer. As this beer conditions for months, it incorporates some of the bourbon and stout characteristics. Dominated by dark fruit aromas and flavors, the underlying chocolate notes give this way to a tart berry finish.

Next up is our Winner Winner Liquid Dinner! Again, we took our Dark Sour and aged it in freshly emptied Bourbon Barrels for 12 months. We then rested this splendid sour liquid on fresh California Cherries for an additional three months. Flavors of tart cherry, oak, and roastiness undeniably meld together with a punch of sour goodness.  

Open today at noon. So come on in, and let’s get the weekend started in style,

This is going to be an excellent introduction to dark sours. Please join us at either our Sorrento Valley or Ocean Beach location to experience our very first Dark Sour Night.

Lineup for SD Beer Week

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  We are honored to be a part of such a thriving San Diego craft beer scene.

We are stoked for this year’s San Diego Beer Week and we hope you can come out and celebrate with us!

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Grapes of Wrath – A Wine Grape / Sour Beer Experience

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Wine Grapes and Sour Beer … Best Friends

Join us this Friday, November 12, as we tap four new wine grape sours in honor of San Diego Beer Week. We are absolutely obsessed with our Wine Grape Sours, and we are excited to share them with the craft beer community.

We will feature four wine grape sour ales.

Viognier (“Vee-on-yeah”) Piquette
Viognier grape hast the scent of Honeysuckle and Jasmine and the rich flavors of Apricot and Peach. Ripening in warm sunshine, this beer is quite heady and exotic with spicy undertones of Gingerbread and plenty of body.

Petite Sirah Wild Ale
Petite Sirah grape has a deep color violet color and bold tannins. Fruit is the dominant flavor, with Plum and Blueberry being the most distinct. Additional flavors are Dark Chocolate, Pepper, and Black Tea.

Ongemang (“On-Je-Mang”) – Wine Grape Blend
The word Ongemang comes from Old English, which combines “in” and “mingling.” It has been described as “Exploring the spaces in between.” We felt like this was the perfect expression to represent our first blended wine grape sour made with a blend of Petite Sirah and Viognier grapes.

Echoes of Muscat
Echoes of Muscat Wild Ale are made in with fermented Muscat grape pomace that we got from our friends at Charlie Echo Wine.   These grapes have a musky aroma, sweet, honeyed flavor, and rich fruit and floral notes.

This is going to be an excellent introduction to the world of wine-grape sours. Please join us at either our Sorrento Valley or Ocean Beach location to experience the Grapes of Wrath.

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  We are honored to be a part of such a thriving San Diego craft beer scene.

We are stoked for this year’s San Diego Beer Week and we hope you can come out and celebrate with us!

Our Sorrento Valley location has ten sours on tap as well as a crushable lager.  If you make your way to Ocean Beach you can enjoy ten sours on tap, four beer-flavored beers, and a hard yerba mate.  If you are looking to take your tastebuds on a funky adventure … stop by and taste what you’ve been missing.

Lineup for SD Beer Week
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Stone Fruit Frenzy

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Join Us for Some Stone Fruit Sours

Stone Fruit & Sour Beer…is there anything better? We don’t think so. That’s why for this year’s San Diego Beer Week, we are tapping three delicious stone fruit beers. Ocean Peach, Del Mar Nectarine, and Salted Plum.

Ocean Peach Wild Ale

We started with our golden ale that we aged 12 months in oak barrels to produce tart flavors, fruity notes, and a funky character. We then added a ridiculous amount of Ocean Beach peaches to our golden sour base.

Del Mar Peach

We reached out to our good friend Eric for some of his homegrown nectarines, and man, are we glad we did. These nectarines are bursting with stone fruit deliciousness. We added these beauties to our barrel-aged golden sour and let them sit for around three months. The result speaks for itself… you have to try this one.

Salted Plum

For our third beer of the frenzy, we found some over-ripe plums that were begging to become beer. We took these plums and gave them the love they deserved. We rested them on barrel-aged golden sour for six months. We then added a healthy amount of Maldon Sea Salt. The salty and sour combination will leave you thirsting for more.

Every one of these beers was made with a ridiculous amount of Stone Fruit…almost 3 pounds per gallon. Taste the difference that a ton of fruit imparts!

Available for a short time!

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  We are honored to be a part of such a thriving San Diego craft beer scene.

We are stoked for this year’s San Diego Beer Week and we hope you can come out and celebrate with us!

Our Sorrento Valley location has ten sours on tap as well as a crushable lager.  If you make your way to Ocean Beach you can enjoy ten sours on tap, four beer-flavored beers, and a hard yerba mate.  If you are looking to take your tastebuds on a funky adventure … stop by and taste what you’ve been missing.

Lineup for SD Beer Week
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SD Beer Week 2021

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13th Annual SD Beer Week

San Diego County, California, has been called “the Craft Beer Capital of America”.  San Diego County is home to over 150 craft breweries – which is the most of any county in the United States.

So when San Diego does BEER WEEK… we go all out!

We know you have a ton of beer to choose from (predominantly IPAs) but we hope you make some time to sip on sours with your friends at California Wild Ales.

We are excited to be hosting SDBW at both our Sorrento Valley and Ocean Beach locations!

Join us November 5-14 as we pack our taps with tons of new beers over the 9 days of SD Beer Week.

The lineup of Beer Releases

Salted Cucumber – November 5

Pickle Rick Day – November 6

  • Pickle Rick – Homegrown Cucumbers, Fresh Dill, Malden Sea Salt, Black Peppercorns.
  • Spicy Pickle Rick – Homegrown Cucumbers, Fresh Dill, Malden Sea Salt, Black Peppercorns, and Heatpackers

Michelada Flights – November 7-8

San Diego’s Best Michelada served 5 ways!

  • Bike Lane Lager served with a Lime Wedge
  • Salted Cucumber served with a Cucumber Slice
  • Pickle Rick served with a Pickle Slice
  • Spicy Pickle Rick served with a Dehydrated Lime Slice
  • Mexican Candy served with a Tajin Rim

Blues and Brews / Taste of OB – November 9

Musical Stylings of St James

Ocean Beach Passion Fruit, 5% ABV

Border X Collab Brew – November 10

Barrel-Aged Blood Orange Saison blended with our Golden Sour,  7% ABV

Stone Fruit Frenzy – November 11

  • Ocean Peach Wild Ale, 5% ABV
  • Del Mar Nectarine Wild Ale,  5% ABV
  • Salted Plum Sour, 5% Abv

Grapes of Wrath – November 12

  • Petie Syrah Piquette, 5% ABV
  • Echoes of Grenache, 5% ABV
  • Viognier Piquette, 5% ABV
  • Ongemang Blend, 5% ABV

Dark Sour Night – November 13

  • Winner Winner Liquid Dinner, 9% ABV  – Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Sour with Cherries
  • Double Barrel-Aged Dark Sour, 11% ABV – Bourbon Barrl-Aged for 12 Months and then transferred into a Maple Bourbon Barrel that previously held Modern Times Monster Park Stout.

Thunderhawk Collab Sour Saison – November 14

This beauty has been three years in the making!  Here is your chance to taste what could be the last Thunderhawk brew in town,  7.5% ABV

Who’s Ready to Get Funky?

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  We are honored to be a part of such a thriving San Diego craft beer scene.

As always we keep 10 sours on tap at our tasting room.  If you are looking to take your tastebuds on a funky adventure … stop by and taste what you’ve been missing.

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NFL and Da Chicago Bears!

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DA Bears All Season Long

Join us at our Ocean Beach location as we cheer on Da Bears all season.  We open early on Sunday (9:30 am) so that we are able to watch the Monsters of the Midway take the field.

Co-Owner Bill is passionate about the Chicago Bears… so you best believe you will see him there during game time.   You will most likely hear “Bear Down, Chicago Bears” (fight song) every time the Bears score.  We have also been known to blast the 1985 hip-hop classic the  “Super Bowl Shuffle”.  So bring on Atlanta, bring on Dallas …this is for Mike and Papa Bear Halas!

We have 10 Sour Beers on tap as well as an assortment of other beers and fermented drinks.  If you are not into sours quite yet we have a West Coast IPA, Hazy IPA, Pale Ale, Lager, Hard Kombucha, and either a Hard Seltzer or Hard Yerba Maté.  We’ve got something for everyone.

So toss on your Chicago Bears jersey and come on down to hang with your friends at California Wild Ales OB.

Week 1: Bears at Rams, Sunday, Sept. 12, 5:20pm

Week 2: Bengals at Bears, Sunday, Sept. 19, 10am

Week 3: Bears at Browns, Sunday, Sept. 26, 10am

Week 4: Lions at Bears, Sunday, Oct. 3, 10am

Week 5: Bears at Raiders, Sunday, Oct. 10, 1:05pm

Week 6: Packers at Bears, Sunday, Oct. 17, 10am

Week 7: Bears at Buccaneers, Sunday, Oct. 24, 1:25pm

Week 8: 49ers at Bears, Sunday, Oct. 31, 10am

Week 9: Bears at Steelers, Monday, Nov. 8, 5:15pm

Week 10: Bye week

Week 11: Ravens at Bears, Sunday, Nov. 21, 10am

Week 12: Bears at Lions, Thursday, Nov. 25, 11:30am

Week 13: Cardinals at Bears, Sunday, Dec. 5, 10am

Week 14: Bears at Packers, Sunday, Dec. 12, 5:20pm

Week 15: Vikings at Bears, Monday, Dec.20, 5:15pm 

Week 16: Bears at Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 26, 1:05pm

Week 17: Giants at Bears, Sunday, Jan. 2, 10am

Week 18: Bears at Vikings, Sunday, Jan. 9, 10am

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  We are honored to be a part of such a thriving San Diego craft beer scene.

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Phish Couch Tour

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Phish Fall Tour at CWA OB

We had such a great time during the summer run, we decided to stream every show of Phish’s Fall Tour.  Join us at our Ocean Beach tasting room and let’s have a funky good time.

We lower the lights and turn the volume to 11, as we gather to rock out to our favorite band from Vermont.

We have 10 Sour Beers on tap as well as an assortment of other beers and fermented drinks.  If you are not into sours quite yet we have a West Coast IPA, Hazy IPA, Pale Ale, Lager, Hard Kombucha, and either a Hard Seltzer or Hard Yerba Maté.  We’ve got something for everyone.

October 15 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
October 16, 17 – San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center
October 19, 20 – Eugene, OR @ Matthew Knight Arena
October 22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
October 23 – Chula Vista, CA @ North Island Credit Union
October 24 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
October 26 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
October 28 – 31  Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  We are honored to be a part of such a thriving San Diego craft beer scene.

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Comic-Con Tap Takeover

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3rd Annual Comic-Con Tap Takeover

Calling all intergalactic bounty hunters, superheroes, zombies, Trekkies, Hufflepuff’s, anime characters, to stop by our tasting rooms from July 23-25th for a Comic-Con-themed beer release and costume contest.  This year we will be celebrating Comic-Con at both our Sorrento Valley Barrel House and our Ocean Beach Tasting Room.

As part of the release, we are offering 18 sour ales, including: “Cherry Potter,” “Pickle Rick,” “Daenerys Tar-Berry-an,” “Mr. Tea,” “Berry Allen,” and “SpongeBob Sour Pants,” and more.  For a complete list of beers visit 2021 Comic-Con Beer Lineup

In addition, we are having a Comic-Con costume contest. We encourage you to come by the brewery and have their photos taken or email photos of yourself in costumes for a chance to win Comic-Con swag and beer. No purchase is necessary. We will post all images to social media, and the winner with the most “likes” wins. To enter, please email pictures to: info@californiawildales.com

One of the best things about Comic-con is the costumes.  It’s an art form, and here at California Wild Ales, we are huge fans of all things pop culture. That’s why from July 23 to July 25, we’re giving people the opportunity to wear those costumes proudly

We hope these fun, funky flavors inspire sour beer lovers to put on their cape and believe in their inner superhero. So enjoy a delicious sour beer and join us for our yearly celebration.

We are releasing 18 sour beers, including a few flavors from our recent “May the 4th Be With You –  Star Wars Day” event.  For a complete lineup of our 2021 Comic-Con beers please visit our 2021 Comic-Con Beer Lineup

All beers are available for on-site pick up at the California Wild Ales brewery and tasting room located at 4202 Sorrento Valley Blvd.

Bottles will be available for pickup a few days before Comic-Con starting on Wednesday, July 20, from 12 pm-6 pm.  

Lineup of Comic-Con Beers

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  We are honored to be a part of such a thriving San Diego craft beer scene.

We are stoked for this year’s Comic-Con event and we hope you can come out and celebrate with us!

Our Sorrento Valley location has ten sours on tap as well as a crushable lager.  If you make your way to Ocean Beach you can enjoy ten sours on tap, four beer-flavored beers, and a hard yerba mate.  If you are looking to take your tastebuds on a funky adventure … stop by and taste what you’ve been missing.

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SD Beer Week Preview

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12th Annual SD Beer Week

San Diego County, California, has been called “the Craft Beer Capital of America”.  As of today, the county is home to over 150 licensed craft breweries – the most of any county in the United States.

So when San Diego does BEER WEEK… we do it right!

We know you have a ton of beer to choose from (predominantly IPAs) but we hope you find some time to visit your friends at California Wild Ales.

We are going all out this year…because let’s face it…2020 Has Been a Sour Year!

Join us November 6-15 as we release 14 Beers over the 9 days of SD Beer Week.

The lineup of Beer Releases

Brewer’s Cuvée – November 6

Peach Party Pack – November 7

  • Peach on Peach
  • Peach on Peach Cobbler
  • Peach on Peach Raspberry
  • Peach on Peach Pineapple

Prickly Pear – November 8

PerCinnamon – November 11

2020 It’s Been a Very Sour Year – November 12

Pineapple Upside Down Cake – November 13

Blueberry Bonanza – November 14

  • Carlsbad Blueberry
  • Blue on Blue
  • Satsuma Blueberry
  • Blueberry Pie

Dark Gold – November 15

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  We are honored to be a part of such a thriving San Diego craft beer scene.

As always we keep 10 sours on tap at our tasting room.  If you are looking to take your tastebuds on a funky adventure … stop by and taste what you’ve been missing.

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Tasting Room Open Friday-Sunday

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Who’s Thirsty?

TGIF!  Thank Goodness It’s Funky… Being open these past few weekends has been amazing…so much so that we are extending our days to include Friday.

Our Sorrento Valley tasting room is now open Friday through Sunday 12-5pm.  So what are you waiting for?  Stop by this weekend and see what your tastebuds have been missing.

Enjoy 10 Barrel-Aged Sours on tap featuring local fruits as well as rare and special releases.  Step out of your normal routine and sample your way through a MegaFlight of all 10 flavors.  Browse our gift shop, snag some beer to go, get a growler fill, or just hang out and enjoy some great conversation!

We have partnered with our neighbors at Grandma’s Kitchen to bring you a food menu that is just as delicious as our beers.  Visit our Tap List page to view both our beers and our food menu.

Wednesday – Thursday is TO-GO-Beer ONLY.  We’re open to host our guests Friday – Sunday, and a food order is required while enjoying beers in our barrel room. 

The safety and comfort of our guests and employees is the top priority, so please take a look at some new updates below before your next visit:

  • Wed – Thurs: 12-3pm (To-Go-Beer Only)
  • Frida-Sun: 12-5pm (Onsite)
  • Available for dine-in service in the tasting room Saturday & Sunday only. A food order is required to enjoy a beer on site. Check out the menu!
  • Practice physical distancing of 6 ft or more
  • Face coverings are required, please wear a mask at all times possible to keep everyone safe
  • There will be routine cleaning of all touchpoints

Be safe and enjoy! Welcome back.

Call us or send us an email if you have any more questions.

4202 SORRENTO VALLEY BLVD, SAN DIEGO, CA 92121 | 855-WILD-ALE | info@californiawildales.com

 

Check out the Menu:

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  We are honored to be a part of such an amazing initiative as Black is Beautiful.

As always we keep 10 sours on tap at our tasting room.  If you are looking to take your tastebuds on a funky adventure … stop by and taste what you’ve been missing.

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Tasting Room Open for the Weekends

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The Return of the MegaFlight!

WELCOME BACK! Our Sorrento Valley tasting room is open, so when you’re ready to venture out and sip on some sours, we’ll be here for you.  Our tasting room is open starting this Saturday, September 19th at 12pm.  We will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 12-5pm.

Join us in our one-of-a-kind hidden barrel room located in Sorrento Valley. Enjoy 10 Barrel-Aged Sours on taps featuring local fruits as well as seasonal, rare and special releases. Step out of your normal routine and sample your way through a MegaFlight of all 10 flavors.  Browse our gift shop, snag some beer to go, get a growler fill, or just hang out and enjoy!

We are excited to be opening our doors to the public once again with some help from our neighbors at Grandma’s Deli.  Follow the link to check out our tap list and menu.

Wednesday – Friday is TO-GO-Beer ONLY.  We’re open to host our guests Saturday – Sunday, and a food order is required while enjoying beers in our barrel room. 

The safety and comfort of our guests and employees is the top priority, so please take a look at some new updates below before your next visit:

  • Wed – Fri: 12-3pm (To-Go-Beer Only)
  • Sat-Sun: 12-5pm (Onsite)
  • Available for dine-in service in the tasting room Saturday & Sunday only. A food order is required to enjoy a beer on site. Check out the menu!
  • Practice physical distancing of 6 ft or more
  • Face coverings are required, please wear a mask at all times possible to keep everyone safe
  • There will be routine cleaning of all touchpoints

Be safe and enjoy! Welcome back.

Call our tasting room if you have any more questions, 855-WILD-ALE

CALIFORNIA WILD ALES

4202 SORRENTO VALLEY BLVD, SAN DIEGO, CA 92121 | 855-WILD-ALE | info@californiawildales.com

 

Check out the Menu:

We are proud to be San Diego’s only all barrel-aged sour house and we are constantly striving to bring you new funky brews.  We are honored to be a part of such an amazing initiative as Black is Beautiful.

As always we keep 10 sours on tap at our tasting room.  If you are looking to take your tastebuds on a funky adventure … stop by and taste what you’ve been missing.